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Bristol Rovers 0-2 Gillingham

Vadaine Oliver scored twice as Gillingham continued their recent improvement with victory at struggling Bristol Rovers.

The visitors took a 26th-minute lead when Oliver raced on to Jack Tucker's ball forward and coolly lifted the ball over advancing goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola.

Steve Evans' side made the points safe after 74 minutes. Oliver collided with a post as he headed home a Kyle Dempsey cross from the right. He was able to continue after treatment.

Oliver was denied a hat-trick by a brave save from Jaakkola as Gillingham edged an open, entertaining contest.

Midfielder Erhun Oztumer dazzled at times for the hosts and brought the best out of Jack Bonham with a 51st-minute shot.

Both teams created plenty in the first half. Rovers striker Sam Nicholson might have had a hat-trick with better finishing.

At the other end, Dominic Samuel, John Akinde and Robbie McKenzie all went close for Gills.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 22HareSubstituted forWalkerat 64'minutes
  • 5Ehmer
  • 26Baldwin
  • 3LeahySubstituted forKoikiat 64'minutes
  • 14McCormickSubstituted forKilgourat 45'minutes
  • 4Grant
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forWestbrookeat 75'minutes
  • 41Oztumer
  • 9Hanlan
  • 11Nicholson

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 8Westbrooke
  • 15Kilgour
  • 20Hargreaves
  • 25Harries
  • 28Walker
  • 47Koiki

Gillingham

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Bonham
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Tucker
  • 3Ogilvie
  • 21O'Connor
  • 8Dempsey
  • 14McKenzie
  • 20RobertsonSubstituted forDrysdaleat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Samuel
  • 19OliverSubstituted forCoyleat 90+4'minutes
  • 15AkindeSubstituted forMacDonaldat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Willock
  • 11Coyle
  • 12Walsh
  • 16MacDonald
  • 17Eccles
  • 23Woods
  • 35Drysdale
Referee:
Scott Oldham

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Gillingham 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Gillingham 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Zain Walker (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Max Ehmer with a cross.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Trae Coyle replaces Vadaine Oliver.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Zain Walker (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Zain Westbrooke.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Declan Drysdale replaces Scott Robertson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Nicholson with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Ali Koiki (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Samuel (Gillingham).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Alexander MacDonald replaces John Akinde.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Akinde (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Jackson with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Zain Walker (Bristol Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Ryan Jackson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Alfie Kilgour (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by John Akinde (Gillingham).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Zain Westbrooke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Zain Westbrooke replaces Ed Upson.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Gillingham 2. Vadaine Oliver (Gillingham) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Dempsey with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull14110326111533
2Lincoln City149231810829
3Peterborough159152415928
4Charlton148241913626
5Ipswich158251915426
6Portsmouth1574426151125
7Sunderland146621812624
8Fleetwood1572625151023
9Accrington127231612423
10Doncaster136342316721
11Wimbledon145541817120
12Gillingham146261517-220
13Crewe156181716119
14Blackpool146171518-319
15Plymouth145452025-519
16Northampton155371523-818
17MK Dons154561719-217
18Rochdale144461620-416
19Swindon155192130-916
20Oxford Utd144281523-814
21Bristol Rovers143471122-1113
22Burton152581929-1011
23Shrewsbury141761523-810
24Wigan1422101022-128
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